MPs back rival bids for Tory leadership


Victoria Prentis says Sunak “has what it takes”; Andrea Leadsom says Mordaunt “can bring the country together”

The two MPs in the Banbury FM area are backing rival bids to take over as our new Prime Minister following the resignation of Liz Truss as leader of the Conservative party.

Banbury’s MP Victoria Prentis says she is backing Rishi Sunak whilst South Northants MP Andrea Leadsom is supporting Penny Mordaunt.

Mrs Prentis said: “Rishi has what it takes to lead us through difficult times. We have seen him act in the nation’s interest under pressure before. He understands we must beat inflation.

“I know he will bring our country and party together.”

Meanwhile Andrea Leadsom said: “Penny Mordaunt can bring the country together as a conviction Brexiteer and a truly compassionate Conservative, with the wealth of government experience that comes from her nine ministerial roles, including three serving in Cabinet.

“Penny has tough real-life experience to add to her wealth of ministerial experience. She has the compassion and the determination to get us through this difficult period and build a better future.”

Yesterday former Prime Minister Boris Johnson withdrew from the leadership race, saying he was putting the country first in making his decision.

Mr Sunak currently has the required number of MPs backing him to enter the ballot of Conservative party members.   Mrs Mordaunt has until 2pm to achieve support from 100 other MPs.   If she doesn’t achieve that Mr Sunak will win by default.

In the last leadership contest Mr Sunak had the support of a large majority of MPs, but conservative party members across the country did not agree and instead elected the other candidate, Liz Truss.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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